Olivia Lara comes to the blog with a story of love destined and everlasting with
Someday in Paris
A chance encounter between young Zara and Leon begin the story, and short hours define their lives for decades. Zara believes in dreams: dreams where she sees ‘the one’ and knows that he is the only person she will truly love forevermore. Meeting Leon one evening in the museum where her mother cleans, the spark is lit, and she knows that he is the one for her. She had never shared the whole story until now, some years later, while traveling with her granddaughter, who also shares her ‘dream’ of the man she just said goodbye to.
For years, until unspeakable tragedies changed the course of their lives, Zara wondered what if where Leon was concerned, and he could never let the idea of her go. Years pass, moving continents and changing direction, not to mention their names, both Zara and Leon survive, but not really LIVE their lives, finding loves of a sort, but always wondering.
Magical and ethereal, the story jumps in time and through narrators as we see Zara’s desire to hold on to the belief in her dreams, despite others in her mother’s family dismissing the ‘truth’ of them, trying to ‘speak sense’ despite her deep-down conviction in her having found the ‘one’. Arresting with the lyricism of two people’s desire to find love, the moments of connection that bring comfort and a bit of bittersweet pain, the influence and possibility of destiny and the ‘One’, and the absolute joy in the journey through the art and museums of Paris, the atmosphere and the heart shown with each page. Utterly different from what I expected, and totally unique in the storytelling as two souls find one another, love surviving and thriving through decades and changes, proving nothing is as eternal as love.
Title: Someday in Paris
Author: Olivia Lara
Published by: Aria
Published on: 14 May, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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'It's about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance... even death. The kind of love I wish for you.'
Finding the one is only the beginning...
1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet, and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same.
1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don't recognize each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar...
Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?
The magical new love story of 2020, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.